National Geographic : 1959 Aug
Fallen Monarch Died Centuries Ago; Its Bones Endure In 1869 a Sierra pioneer lived in this fire-hollowed giant. Tradition says the tree later became a saloon. Cavalry patrols in the 1890's used it as a stable. The tough trunk, a feature of General Grant Grove in the Kings Canyon Na tional Park area, may last centuries more. General Lee Tree stands at right. A Grove Says Thanks to Those Who Saved It Lumbermen made small profit turning unwieldy, brittle Big Trees into shin gles and grapevine stakes. They nevertheless acquired parts of Giant Forest. Beginning in 1916, the National Geographic So ciety raised $100,000 to help the National Park Service buy sequoia groves before cutting could begin. Today State and Fed eral ownership protects some 90 percent of all re 176 maining groves.